Did you know there are many events in Crested Butte and Gunnison? See live music, take an art class, volunteer, play trivia, watch (or participate in) a ski or bike race, and more! Check this calendar to see what’s going on.
Come chat with Rick about all things wild and flowery on Sunday, July 2nd from 4 -6 pm on the outdoor patio at Rumors and Townie Books. And, grab a copy of his local identification guide! Rick likely gained a love of adventure from moving around the country twenty eight times during his youth. Settling in Oklahoma, he married his High School sweetheart, Margaret, and together they raised three children, now all grown. He completed a Master of Science degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Oklahoma State University. As a Tenured Associate Professor at Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City, he spent several years teaching classes in Plant Identification, Landscape Maintenance and General Horticulture. He was founder and owner of a twenty-seven year award-winning landscape development company in Oklahoma. He has been exploring the many plant species found in the Rocky Mountains since the mid-1980s. He is a former president of the board of directors of the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival. Working at the Weldon and Rosalie Weekley Visitor Center and Store brings him much gratitude sharing all RMBL has to offer to the general public. During spare time in the summer, he works as a Wildflower Guide for the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, rides and hikes the many miles of trails around Crested Butte. In the winter, he can be found teaching folks how to ski with better efficiency around the mountain as a Ski Instructor.
Gunnison Valley is also host to several beloved annual events. A classic winter event is The Alley Loop, a Nordic ski race that doubles as a costume contest. In fall, Mt. Crested Butte hosts the famous Chili and Beer Festival. Every summer in Gunnison, a crowd gathers to watch America’s fourth-oldest rodeo, Cattlemen’s Days. There are also festivals in Crested Butte that celebrate local art, music, wildflowers, and more. Attending an annual event is a good way to connect with the culture of the Gunnison Valley. You might even create a new tradition for you and your family and friends!